NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – Harvey Weinstein, the once powerful film producer, had a mild heart attack on Wednesday (March 11), hours after a New York judge sentenced him to 23 years in state prison for sexual attacks on two women, his spokesman said.
Before his sentencing, Weinstein had been housed at an infirmary on the Rikers Island jail complex because of his health problems. Last week, doctors at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan performed a heart procedure, inserting a stent to alleviate a blockage.
Weinstein, 67, appeared in a Manhattan court on Wednesday in a wheelchair and gave a rambling speech, expressing remorse, but never apologising to his victims.
He compared himself to Hollywood figures blacklisted in the 1950s during a national scare over communism.
But Justice James Burke rejected his pleas for leniency, issuing the relatively long sentence. The judge said evidence had been presented at trial of other sexual assaults in the past.
While it was Weinstein's first conviction, he said, it "was not a first offence."
As his victims broke into tears in the gallery, Weinstein was then handcuffed to his wheelchair and transported back to jail.
Within hours, however, he complained of chest pains and corrections officers sent him to a jail ward at Bellevue, his spokesman, Juda Englemayer, said.
In court, Weinstein's lawyers had made an impassioned plea for the producer to receive a minimum sentence of five years in prison, arguing that even that would likely be a "de facto life sentence."
"Judge, Mr Weinstein, is a sick man," his lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said at the sentencing. "Mr Weinstein has a multitude of medical issues."
Rotunno said in court that Weinstein has a history of heart disease in his family. Without going into detail, she said that onRead More – Source